August 6, 2008
Savage has successful knee surgery
Two days after landing awkwardly on his right leg and being carted off Auburn's practice field, cornerback Aairon Savage underwent knee surgery Wednesday by famed orthopedist Dr. James Andrews.
"(Dr. Andrews) said it looked good for (Savage) -- not for the rest of the season, but an opportunity to heal well," said Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville. "That was good news."
Tuberville didn't elaborate on the extent of Savage's injury but the Albany Herald reported Wednesday that he tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), medial collateral ligament (MCL) and dislocated his right kneecap.
Savage's mother, Adrienne Savage, told the Herald that her son was still coping with the injury and the loss of his junior season.
"His spirits are very low right now," she said. "He prepared so hard, and then to get injured this early ... he's taking it very hard."
Auburn's players were also hit hard by the news, especially junior cornerback Jerraud Powers, who was expected to start opposite of Savage and has been his roommate since their freshmen year in 2005.
Savage helped Powers while he rehabbed from a broken foot his freshman year.
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